Palo Alto High School
|Palo Alto High School|
|50 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, California, 94301
|School type||Public, comprehensive high school|
|School district||Palo Alto Unified School District|
|Oversight||Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools|
|Assistant principals||Jerry Berkson, Kathie Laurence, Victoria Kim|
|Area||Northern Santa Clara County|
|Color(s)||Green & White|
|Feeder schools||Jordan Middle School
JLS Middle School
Terman Middle School
Located in Palo Alto, California, it is in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is adjacent to Stanford University. Paly is well known for its academically rigorous environment, and also carries on a distinguished athletic tradition, marked by a rivalry with crosstown Gunn High School.
- 1,957 students: 985 Male (50.3%), 972 Female (49.7%)
|White||Asian||Hispanic||Two or More Races||African American||Filipino||Pacific Islander||American Indian||Not Reported|
|SAT Scores for 2011–2012|
|Critical Reading Average||Math Average||Writing Average|
|Palo Alto High||635||660||640|
|2013 Academic Performance Index|
|2009 Base API||2013 Growth API||Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013|
- The Campanile, the high school newspaper. It prints 24 broadsheet pages once every three weeks. The Campanile has been in the National Scholastic Press Association Hall of Fame since 2004, and also has won four Pacemaker awards and also a West regional award for editorial excellence from Time. The current teacher and advisor of The Campanile is Esther Wojcicki.
- Verde is Paly's school magazine publication, published five times each year and available online. Verde has won Pacemaker and Gold Crown awards for scholastic journalism, including the 2005 Gold Crown award in the Newspaper category. In 2006 Verde won the Best in Show at National Journalism Convention held in San Francisco. In 2008 Verde was one of four newsmagazines awarded the Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association.
- The Viking is Paly's sports magazine publication, published six times each year and available online. Founded in 2007, The Viking was the first publication at the high school level to solely cover athletics in the country. The Viking has won several Gold Crown awards for scholastic journalism, including awards as both a print and hybrid (print/online) publication.
- The Paly Voice, launched in the 2002–03 school year, is Paly's online news source. It features searchable archives of all other Paly publications as well as exclusive online content. In the spring of 2005 the site won both the People's Voice and Overall Webby Award in the "Student" category.
- Proof is Paly's arts and entertainment magazine. It was first published second semester of the 2009–10 school year.
Titles won by teams from Palo Alto High School range from CIF State Championships in Boys Varsity Basketball in 1993 and 2006, a football Division I state championship in 2010, volleyball Division I state championships in 2010 and 2011, to CCS Championships in Football in 1995, 2006, 2007, and 2010, and countless CCS titles in other sports. In 2010, both the Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams won the inaugural Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championships.
Paly has 23 varsity teams, including football, swimming, as well as badminton, softball, basketball, track and field/cross country running, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling teams. The school is also home to several athletic clubs, including an Ultimate Frisbee Club.
Joc Pederson in his senior year, 2009–10, batted .466 with a .577 on-base percentage and a .852 slugging percentage, with 20 stolen bases in 22 attempts, playing center field and leading off for the school's baseball team.
The school's basketball team won the California state championship in 1993.
In addition, the 2006 boys basketball team won the Division II state title after defeating Mater Dei of Southern California in a close 51–47 game. One member of that year's team, Jeremy Lin, was as of 2014 a member of the Houston Rockets NBA team.
The 2010 Palo Alto High School football team went undefeated, compiling a record of 14–0. The season culminated with a 15–13 upset victory for Paly over the nation's 5th-ranked team, Centennial High of Corona, to claim the first Division I State Championship in school history. Palo Alto finished the season at #13 in the nation in Maxpreps's final rankings. Davante Adams, an All-American wideout at Fresno State, led the team with 64 receptions for 1,094 yards (1,000 m) and 12 touchdowns. Also on the team were 2-sport UCLA athlete Christoph Bono, Stanford linebacker Kevin Anderson, and Oakland A's baseball prospect BJ Boyd. 
The Palo Alto High School girls volleyball won the Division 1 California State Championship in the fall of 2010, two weeks before the school's varsity football team also won the Division State championship. The volleyball team finished the season with a 41–1 record, breaking the school's record for most wins in a season from the previous season's team. Palo Alto finished the season ranked #2 in the country. The team won another Division 1 California State Championship the following year to become back-to-back Volleyball State Champions, finishing ranked #1 in the nation by Maxpreps.
- Rink Babka (1954), Olympic discus thrower
- Joan Baez (1958), folk singer
- Ron "Money B" Brooks (1988), rapper (Digital Underground)
- Whitfield Crane (1986), lead singer (Ugly Kid Joe)
- Aarón Díaz (2001), Mexican telenovelas actor
- Tim Dickinson (1992), political journalist (Rolling Stone, Mother Jones)
- The Donnas (1997), rock band (Brett Anderson, Maya Ford, Allison Robertson, and Torry Castellano)
- Margot Early (1982), romance author
- Dave Feldman (1983), sportscaster (CSN Bay Area)
- Karen Joy Fowler (1968), author (The Jane Austen Book Club)
- Dave Franco (2003), actor (Scrubs, 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me)
- James Franco (1996), actor (Spider-Man trilogy, Pineapple Express, Milk, 127 Hours)
- Erle Stanley Gardner (1909), detective fiction author & creator of Perry Mason
- Charles Haid (1961), actor/director, (played Andy Renko on TV series Hill Street Blues)
- Jim Harbaugh (1982), football player & coach, current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers
- Peter Hansen (1997), defensive assistant/quality control coach of the San Francisco 49ers
- Jon Huntsman, Sr. (1955), billionaire founder of Huntsman Corporation
- Ollie Johnston (1930), Academy Award-winning Disney animator (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia)
- Morris Kirksey (1913), gold medal-winning sprinter & rugby player at the 1920 Summer Olympics
- Bill Kreutzmann (1965), drummer (Grateful Dead)
- Jeremy Lin (2006), basketball player; with the Los Angeles Lakers; formerly with the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks
- Jim Loscutoff (1948), basketball player, won seven NBA championships with the Boston Celtics
- John Markoff (1967), New York Times journalist/author
- Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (1963), musician (Grateful Dead) (didn't graduate)
- Rob Minkoff (1980), film director/animator (The Lion King, Stuart Little)
- Sean Nolan (1990), Olympic Water Polo Team, Sydney 2000
- Teresa Noyola (2008), soccer player
- Téa Obreht (2002), novelist (The Tiger's Wife)
- Luke Paquin (1996), guitarist (Hot Hot Heat)
- Joc Pederson (2010), baseball player
- Stu Pederson, Major League baseball player
- Bill Pidto (1983), sportscaster (ESPN, MSG Network)
- Keith Raffel (1968), technology executive, novelist, US Senate aide
- Tom Ritchey (1974), (Ritchey Design) Cycling engineer & pioneer of the mountain bike
- Dave Schultz (1977), Olympic & World Champion wrestler
- Mark Schultz (1978), Olympic & World Champion wrestler
- Joe Sebok (1995), professional poker player
- Joe Simitian (1970), California State Senator (2004–2012) & former California State Assemblyman (2000–2004)
- Grace Slick (1958), rock singer (Jefferson Airplane) (attended as an underclassman, but eventually graduated from Castilleja)
- Tom Stern (1964), Oscar-nominated cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Changeling)
- Dink Templeton (1915), multi-sport athlete, 1920 Olympic gold medalist & hall of fame Stanford track & field coach
- Christopher Tin (1994), Grammy Award winning composer
- Tad Williams (1975), author (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Otherland, and Shadowmarch science fiction/fantasy series)
- Kirk Wise (1981), film director/animator (Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
- Ron Wyden (1967), U.S. Senator for Oregon (1996– ) & former U.S. Representative of Oregon's 3rd congressional district (1981–1996)
- Lily Zhang (2014), US Olympic table tennis player, London 2012
- Gunn High School, Palo Alto's other high school
- Cubberley High School, Palo Alto's now-defunct third high school
- "School Profile 2011–12: Palo Alto High School". California Department of Education.
- "Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2012–13: Palo Alto High School". California Department of Education.
- "SAT Report 2011-12 – Palo Alto High". California Department of Education.
- "2009 Base API School Report – Palo Alto High". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division.
- "2013 Growth API School Report – Palo Alto High High". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division.
- "NSPA – Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. June 15, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- "CIF State Boys Basketball Champions" (PDF). pp. 60–61. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- "State Football Championship Results" (PDF). p. 39. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- Stephens, Mitch (December 17, 2010). "Palo Alto shocks nationally ranked Centennial to capture CIF Division I state football title". Palo Alto Online. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
- Borsos, Paige (December 17, 2010). "Volleyball Conquers State Championship in Five-Game Thriller". The Paly Voice (Palo Alto High School). Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- "Historical Record of CCS Football Champions Year-by-Year". Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- "Brochure 1" (PDF). Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- Blake, Jamie (November 17, 2008). "Ultimate Frisbee Club passionate about unique hobby". Palo Alto Online. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
- "Joc Pederson's (Palo Alto, CA) High School Baseball Stats". Maxpreps.com. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- Gracie Marshall (September 19, 2009). "Palo Alto High School Male Athlete of the Year: Joc Pederson". The Viking Magazine. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- Biographical Info/Chronology page, Joan Baez's official web site
- Nolan, William F. "Erle Stanley Gardner (1889–1970)," 'Early Life' sub-section, pages 1-2. Retrieved March 14, 2009.
- Emmons, Mark (December 29, 2010). "Cardinal coach's energy, intensity level always in the red". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
- "Stanford to Introduce Jim Harbaugh as Head Football Coach" (Press release). Stanford University. December 18, 2006. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
- Disney Legends web site, "Legend Bio: Ollie Johnston, Animation." Retrieved March 14, 2009.
- Faraudo, Jeff. "Kirksey strikes gold in two sports". Oakland Tribune. FindArticles.com. March 15, 2009. 
- Palo Alto History Project, "The Grateful Dead: Making the Scene in Palo Alto"
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- O'Neil, Dana (December 10, 2009). "Immigrant dream plays out through son: Harvard's do-it-all star learned the game from his father and a host of NBA legends". ESPN. Archived from the original on November 12, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
- "The Last Roundup." Oakland Tribune. FindArticles.com. March 15, 2009 
- Tennis, Mark. "Mr. Basketball 2003: Trevor's Time." Scout.com, April 3, 2003 
- Player Bio: Teresa Noyola
- Téa Obreht's Website
- Cassidy, Mike (November 19, 2011). "Cassidy: Former Silicon Valley CEO settles into the writing life". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- Brown, George; Prioleau, Cassie (February 19, 2010). "Palo Alto High School wrestlers Dave and Mark Schultz remembered for Olympic gold medals, love of wrestling". The Paly Voice. Palo Alto High School. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- "Hall of Fame". USATF. August 7, 1962. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- Simon, Mark (December 11, 1999). "Palo Alto to Honor Local Boy". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
- Sheehy, Kelsey. "Meet the U.S. High School Students Competing in 2012 Olympic Games". usnews.com. U.S. News & World Report LP. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013.